San Francisco, CA

Coqueta, San Francisco, CA

Although located among the plethora of seafood restaurants along the waterfront, Coqueta is an anomaly, offering a mélange of Spanish-style tapas and raciones (literally, “rations” or larger portions). The menu was challenging and the choices are not for the conservative diner. Prepare to experience some very different flavors as you progress through a meal here.

I chose the patatas bravas (potatoes with salsa and garlic aioli) and added a sunny-side up egg. An unusual combination that is very Spanish, and a unique taste combination that proved to be tasty.

Coqueta definitely offers an uncommon experience for your taste buds. While I am glad we tried it, I will probably go back to more traditional San Francisco offerings during my next visit.

Pier 5
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA
(415) 704-8866
http://coquetasf.com

Pier Market, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s waterfront has a global reputation as a hotbed for great dining, particularly when it comes to seafood. We put that to the test during a recent visit to the “City by the Bay,” starting with the Pier Market restaurant located right on Fisherman’s Wharf.

I believe it may be against a city ordinance for a visitor to order anything except seafood when dining in San Francisco. Not wanting to face charges, I opted for the Pacific cod, which was served blackened with Cajun seasoning. Outstanding meal. My dining companion chose the salmon, which was equally fresh and delicious.

As far as the ambiance, even though Fisherman’s Wharf is very much a tourist destination, the view of the harbor and sound of the sea lions frolicking below the pier were constantly changing and always entertaining.

Pier 39
San Francisco, CA
(415) 989-7437
http://piermarket.com